ROBERT LANE FRIEDENWALD
June 24, 1935 ~ July 31, 2013
Colonel Robert Lane Friedenwald, U.S. Army
(retired) leaves a legacy of remarkable professional accomplishments, high esteem from colleagues, and boundless love from family who will always remember him as "Grampa Bob" and "The Colonel."
Bob was born June 24, 1935 in Baltimore, MD to Aaron Friedenwald and Dorothy Lane Friedenwald.
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Bob joined the Army. He served for over 27 years in the Corps of Engineers, retiring as a full colonel in 1985.
Culminating his career was his assignment as District Engineer in charge of the Portland District, overseeing, among other things, the cleanup of Mount St. Helens after the 1980 eruption. His efforts to obtain funding to complete the job of managing the mountain's recovery earned him a second Legion of Merit from the Army as well as commendation from the State of Washington.
Bob also didn't stay retired for long. First, he joined the Port of Portland's engineering department. Then he was recruited for the Confluence Project to manage the construction of large public art projects along the Columbia River.
Both a patriot and a mensch, in 2004, at the age of 69, Bob took a sabbatical from the Confluence Project to help put Iraq's largest deep-water port back on its feet.
Bob skied avidly, read voraciously and loved devotedly, eliciting an equally fierce love from the family who survives him: his wife, Peggy Bird; daughters, Rebecca Friedenwald-Fishman, Meg Bird Stern and Elizabeth Friedenwald; sons-in-law Henry Stern and Eric Friedenwald-Fishman; and grandchildren, Maggie Stern, Max Friedenwald- Fishman, Sophie Friedenwald-Fishman and Ben Stern.
A memorial service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Aug. 11, 2013 at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders Street in Portland. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Robert Friedenwald Memorial Fund of the Confluence Project, 1610 C Street, #203, Vancouver, WA 98663.
Please sign his guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits